Although the idea of class is again becoming politically and culturally charged, the relationship between media and class remains understudied. This diverse collection draws together prominent and emerging media scholars to offer readers a much-needed orientation within the wider categories of media, class, and politics in Britain, America, and beyond. Case studies address media representations and media participation in a variety of platforms, with attention to contemporary culture: from celetoids to selfies, Downton Abbey to Duck Dynasty, and royals to reality TV. These scholarly but accessible accounts draw on both theory and empirical research to demonstrate how different media navigate and negotiate, caricature and essentialize, or contain and regulate class.
About the Author
June Deery is Professor of Media Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Consuming Reality: The Commercialization of Factual Entertainment (Palgrave, 2012) and Reality TV (Polity, 2015). Her latest work looks at reality TV and the campaign and early administration of Donald Trump.Andrea Press is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia. She is the former Executive Editor of the Virginia Film Festival and Producer of the Roger Ebert Film Festival. She is the author or co-author of The New Media Environment, Speaking of Abortion, Women Watching Television, and the forthcoming volumes Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism, Handbook of Contemporary Feminism, and Feminist Reception Studies in a Post-Audience Age.